Memorandum by the Civic Trust (HOU 09)
I am responding to the Office of the Deputy
Prime Minister Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions
Select Committee inquiry into Affordable Housing.
The Civic Trust promotes progressive improvements
in the quality of urban life for communities throughout the UK.
The issue of affordable housing is of considerable
concern to Civic Societies. We would urge the Select Committee
to look into the following matters:
A clear definition of affordable
housing, making clear its relationship to social housing in particular.
The consistency of its application
within the planning system, and the desirability of local flexibility.
The degree to which current policies
have been successful in providing affordable houses of quality
Lessons in design terms for integrating
affordable housing successfully within privately owned buildings
The effect of providing affordable
housing upon securing other desirable social or physical objectives
from S.106 agreements, and the likelihood of developers bringing
land forward for developments, especially brownfield sites.